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1. Any of certain light cavalry or infantry troops trained for rapid maneuvers.
2. A hunter.
3. A uniformed footman.

[French, from Old French chaceor, from chacier, to pursue; see chase1.]
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(ʃæˈsɜː; French ʃasœr)
1. (Military) French army a member of a unit specially trained and equipped for swift deployment
2. (in some parts of Europe, esp formerly) a uniformed attendant, esp one in the livery of a huntsman
(Cookery) (often postpositive) designating or cooked in a sauce consisting of white wine and mushrooms
[C18: from French: huntsman]
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1. one of a body of French cavalry or infantry troops trained for rapid movement.
2. a liveried servant, esp. a footman.
3. a hunter.
[1790–1800; < French: literally, chaser; see chase1, -eur]
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References in classic literature ?
I am the wife of the doctor of the Seventh Chasseurs....
Je suis capitaine de chasseurs (Heyward well knew that the other was of a regiment in the line); j'ai ici, avec moi, les filles du commandant de la fortification.
At a quarter to ten, a valet entered; he composed, with a little groom named John, and who only spoke English, all Albert's establishment, although the cook of the hotel was always at his service, and on great occasions the count's chasseur also.
"Very well, but even if we admit that he was alive in 1812, can one believe that a French chasseur pointed a cannon at him for a lark, and shot his left leg off?
Tapeworm had just walked off, enveloped in his cloak, with which his gigantic chasseur was always in attendance, and looking as much as possible like Don Juan.
The minister's chasseur came up to find the coachman.
L'enquete menee par le Departement des Eaux et Forets suite a la parution de photos et videos montrant la chasse d'un nombre important de tourterelles par des chasseurs etrangers au niveau de la region de Marrakech-Safi a conclu a la veracite de ces photos et videos, a indique le departement, precisant avoir suspendu l'agrement de chasse touristique de la societe organisatrice qui sera poursuivie en justice.